Real-time Digital Simulation (RTS) Laboratory at UNSW Sydney

UNSW Sydney and the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications host the largest Real-time Digital Simulation Laboratory in Australia with extended simulation capabilities in the areas of:

  • High-voltage DC networks.
  • Power System Protection Testing.
  • Smart Grids
  • Microgrids.
  • Renewable Energy Systems.
  • Distributed Generation
  • Power Electronics.
  • Control System Testing.
  • Hardware-in-the-loop Testing.

Real-time digital power system simulation provides an accurate, reliable and cost-effective method to simulate, verify and experiment with multiple technologies, functions, operations and control from individual components to small and large scale power systems.

Our Hardware:

The RTS Lab @ UNSW Sydney features:

  • An 18-rack RTDS system with 90 PB5 processor boards

    • Among Largest RTDS in academic and research institutions globally
    • 216  Analogue input and output channels
    • 1152 digital optically isolated input and output channels
    • 4 three-phase power amplifiers
  • An OPAL-RT OP5600
  • 4x  OPAL-RT OP4500

The RTS Lab is housed in the state-of-the-art Tyree Energy Technologies Building (TETB)

Our Simulation Capabilities:

  • Simulation of up to 864 three-phase electrical nodes (or 2592 single-phase nodes) at a 50 us time-step
  • Large-scale power system components (Synchronous Generators – Transmission Lines  - Cables)
  • Instrumentation (CT – CVT - PT), filters and passive elements
  • Power Electronics  simulations at a 2 us time-step
  • Average and switching models of Modular Multilevel Converters (MMCs) with up to 256 Sub-modules

Project team

Dr Georgios Konstantinou
Faculty of Engineering
Dr Branislav Hredzak
Faculty of Engineering
Dr Harith Wickramasinghe
Faculty of Engineering

Key contact

Faculty of Engineering